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  5. Good for Families
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  6. Diversity
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  7. Jobs
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Decorah is a town in Iowa with a population of 7,850. Decorah is in Winneshiek County and is one of the best places to live in Iowa. Living in Decorah offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Decorah there are a lot of bars and parks. Many young professionals and retirees live in Decorah and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Decorah are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$165,700
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$598
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    32%
  • Own
    68%
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Decorah Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    51
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    0
    41
  • Robbery
    0
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    76
    500
  • Theft
    901
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    89
    284
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Residents

Diversity
C+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    7%
  • 10-17 years
    5%
  • 18-24 years
    33%
  • 25-34 years
    10%
  • 35-44 years
    8%
  • 45-54 years
    9%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    18%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    25%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    28%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Working in Decorah

Jobs
B+
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$55,282
National
$55,322
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Decorah Reviews

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Beautiful town, with rich history and friendly people. A very close knit strong community. The academics are outstanding as well as the extracurricular activities, the community is very active within the school. Deborah students strive to help the community in every way possible.
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It's a very small town, but the main street is super cute. Everything is pretty much within walking distance, and the town is very well kept. Being someone from the city I must say it is a very nice small town.
In Decorah, there is almost a cop car patrolling or responding every 3 or 4 miles because our town is very safe they are not used a ton of the time. There are no crimes prevalent in Decorah and when a crime is committed it is normally a small theft from Wal-mart or something of that extent.